Home Builders Association of Northern California Announces Support for Mandatory...

Mon Jan 14, 2008 12:37pm EST

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Home Builders Association of Northern California Announces Support for Mandatory Green Building Standards in All Bay Area Communities

     HBANC Also Announces Aggressive New Goals for Reducing Energy
               Consumption in All New Home Construction
SAN RAMON, Calif.--(Business Wire)--The Home Builders Association of Northern California today
announced its support for mandatory sustainable green building
standards in all Bay Area cities and counties, making it the first
major building association in the state and possibly the nation to
embrace strong mandatory standards.

   HBANC President Joseph Perkins also announced aggressive new goals
for reducing overall energy consumption in all new homes that its
member builders construct by 50 percent from 1990 levels by the year
2020 and to reduce carbon emissions by 30 percent from 1990 levels in
the same timeframe. Again, the goals make HBANC the first building
association in California and possibly the nation to voluntarily
commit to such standards.

   "HBANC believes that making sustainable green building standards
mandatory is not only good for the environment and our planet, but is
good for business, good for consumers, good for our growing clean tech
economy and is the right thing to do," Perkins said.

   HBANC will partner with the independent, Berkeley-based Build It
Green (www.builditgreen.org) organization, whose fast-growing Green
Point Rated program provides the green building standards that the
HBANC will work to make mandatory in cities and counties.

   "We are very excited to be partnering with HBANC in expanding the
Green Point Rated program," said Brian Gitt, executive director of
Build It Green. "Together, we can help the Bay Area and California
reach the broader goals of dramatically reducing our energy
consumption, lowering our carbon emissions and growing our clean tech

   "Of the 101 cities and counties in the nine-county region, 15 have
so far adopted Build It Green's Green Point Rated standards as
mandatory and we intend to help push that number significantly
higher," Perkins said. "Build It Green's program exceeds the state's
current standards for energy-efficient construction, is compatible
with other national green building programs and is specifically
tailored to address the Bay Area's unique housing marketplace. We are
excited about our relationship with Build It Green."

   Perkins made the announcement during Advancing the New Energy
Economy, a conference hosted by the California Public Utilities
Commission focused on growing California's green energy economy and
preparing the workforce that will be needed to drive the state's
burgeoning clean tech industry.

   Perkins said the two organizations expect to announce more details
about their partnership, including how HBANC's energy reduction goals
will be supported by the Green Point Rated program and a strategy for
expanding mandatory adoption of the program, in the next 60 days.

   HBANC's decision comes after considerable research into growing
consumer demand for homes built using green building practices and the
various programs.

   "Consumers want new homes that reduce energy costs, provide a
healthy living environment and still feature the amenities they need
at a price that is affordable," Perkins said. "And we believe the
Green Point Rated program is the best fit for California and for the
Bay Area."

   The Home Builders Association of Northern California is a
professional, non-profit association committed to promoting housing
for people of all income levels and the production of quality homes.
HBANC's membership comprises about 1,000 home builders, trade
contractors, suppliers and industry professionals in the Bay Area.

for Home Builders Association of Northern California
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